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Bristol looks to continue success without 4 starters

Bristol has the best winning percentage among area-Ohio schools since 2015

BRISTOLVILLE, Ohio (WKBN) - Sixty-eight wins over the past 3 seasons. That amounts to a winning percentage of 89.5%. During that 3-year time span, no other area-Ohio school can say that they’ve had a better winning percentage.

Last year, the Panthers shared the regular season Stripes title with Windham. The Bombers got the best of Bristol in their December 22nd meeting (69-67). However, the Panthers defeated their division-counterparts on February 9th by 18 (74-56) as well as in their District Semifinal matchup (65-51). Bristol eventually fell to the state finalist Cornerstone Christian (50-33) in the Orwell District Championship game.

This year, Bristol must replace four starters.

 

At a Glance

HEAD COACH: Craig Giesy, 8th season (138-31)

2017-18 RECORD (NAC Stripes): 22-3 (11-1), T-1st place

2017-18 POSTSEASON: lost to Cornerstone Christian in Orwell District Final (50-33)

KEY LOSSES

Tommy Donadio (14.5 ppg, 3.4 apg, 2.6 spg)

Bobby Evan (13.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 3.9 apg, 2.2 spg)

Bryan Gabrielson (16.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 5.4 apg)

Danny Lamosek (5.9 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.3 apg)

Past 5-year Win Total: 102

Last Ranked: February 20, 2018 - #6 (D4)

Record against Top 10 opponents (since 2008): 0-1

 

Strengths

Bristol plans to play an up-tempo style says coach Giesy. “The key is to focus on creating offense with our defensive pressure. We’ll play a fast tempo gritty game to advantage of (our) speed). We’ll continue the bedlam defensive system.” Bristol has held the opposition to an average of 46-points or less in each of the past four seasons (2014-15: 44.4; 2015-16: 41.8; 2016-17: 44.0; 2017-18: 46.0). Bristol’s lone starter returning is 5’11 senior Gage Elza. As a junior, he shot 43.5% on his three-point attempts and averaged 13.1 points. Damion Durst (5’8/SR) and Matt Church (6’4/JR) both lettered last season. Durst (5.4 ppg, 1.8 spg, 1.4 apg) has been called by his coach – ‘the best defender in the program’. Church scored 7.6 points and hauled down 3.5 boards per outing coming off the bench as a sophomore. Others to keep an eye on are a trio of juniors in Mike Wiebe (1.9 ppg), Matt Stephens and forward Seth Mooney.

Area of Concern

The Panthers must replace four starters to graduation from last year’s 22-win team. Bryan Gabrielson (16.0 ppg, 5.4 apg), the team’s point guard, leaves Bristol’s program as a 4-year letter winner and the school’s 5th leading scorer all-time. Tommy Donadio (14.5 ppg) was a 4-year starter and departs with the 3rd highest total of points scored in school history. Bobby Evan (13.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg) and Danny Lamosek (5.9 ppg, 7.2 rpg) also were major contributors to last season’s success. Lots of shoes to fill in Bristolville.

Schedule

Dec. 4 – at LaBrae, 7

Dec. 7 – at Newbury, 7

Dec. 11 – at Maplewood, 7

Dec. 14 – Southington

Dec. 19 – at Lordstown, 11 am

Dec. 21 – at Windham, 7

Dec. 28 – Champion, 7

Dec. 29 – Liberty, 7

Jan. 5 – at Brookfield, 7

Jan. 11 – Lordstown, 7

Jan. 15 – Maplewood, 7

Jan. 18 – Newbury, 7

Jan. 22 – at Grand Valley, 7

Jan. 25 – at Southington, 7

Jan. 26 – at Mathews, 7

Feb. 2 – McDonald, 7

Feb. 5 – Badger, 7

Feb. 8 – Windham, 7

Feb. 12 – Garrettsville Garfield, 7

Feb. 15 – Western Reserve Academy, 7

Feb. 19 – at Mooney, 7:30

Feb. 22 – Pymatuning Valley, 7

Starting Five

2013 – Chad Oliver


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